Music Industry Cries Foul Over Amazon Cloud Player
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Music Industry Cries Foul Over Amazon Cloud Player
Yesterday, hookbill, brought us a great story regarding Amazon's new Cloud Streaming Media Service. It is such a great product that it obviously has generated a lot of interest.
It apparently has raised a lot of "ire" as well, at least from the music industry. The news of Amazon's "music locker" service came screaming from out of nowhere, as Google and iTunes have been trying to start this type of service for quite some time now.
It begs the question... how did Amazon beat these two behemoths to the punch? The answer is that Amazon didn't get the proper licensing to begin the service, which has been what has held up Google and iTunes all this time. Also, it appears that Amazon didn't even bother to contact the record labels about the service launch before hand at all. In fact, industry speculation is that Google will launch their version sometime in May and iTunes will follow suit sometime in June.
The real problem though is the music industry. One example is that Amazon's new free cloud player service competes directly with Sony's "Music Unlimited" subscription based service. Sony Music's spokeswoman Liz Young, had this to say,
That seems like a thinly veiled threat. Also, an executive involved in the negotiations, who requested anonymity, commented that the move was,
"We hope that they'll reach a new license deal," Young said, "but we're keeping all of our legal options open."
Amazon's response to all this hullabaloo was,
"somewhat stunning," and further added, "I've never seen a company of their size make an announcement, launch a service and simultaneously say they're trying to get licenses."
That seems like a fairly confident stance for them to take. Of course, what we are seeing here is the growing pains of the natural evolution of the way music and other digital media will be handled in the future. Although we are likely to see a rash of lawsuits, it is likely that Amazon will be able to weather this storm and come out with the first "music locker" service to compete in the digital media market of the future.
"Cloud Player is an application that lets customers manage and play their own music. It's like any number of existing media management applications. We do not need a license to make Cloud Player available. The functionality of saving MP3s to Cloud Drive is the same as if a customer were to save their music to an external hard drive or even iTunes."
Source: Engadget and Yahoo! - Reuters
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For that I give kudos to Amazon. It's cloud storage for music you've BOUGHT from Amazon.
Sony Music needs to just shutup. They've got license deals already in place, and their music service will -never- reach Amazon or iTunes popularity. They should be thanking Amazon for selling their music, IMO.
I also give props to Amazon, to all the companies complaining, they're complaining because they didn't have the moxie to do it themselves.
"We're not making every penny we can off our cheaply-bought 'talent' that hasn't turned out anything good in years! We must sue!"
"Customers want music. We can make money off ads. Win-win!"
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I know that the licensing in place for most digital purchases is more complicated than simple "ownership", but c'mon. Srsly. If you legally buy the music, you should be able to listen to it however you choose. It's not distributing the files to the public or anything. It's for personal use.
Next they'll stop you from playing music at a party or have you pay royalties for your guests. Give me a break.
In my opinion, the record companies need to get with the game or they will get left behind. Like what's happening right NOW. With Amazon. They need to wake up. If all they focus on is "protecting" their profit, then they wont have much to protect after awhile. Cough cough MOTOROLA lol
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